Looking for African movies to watch on Netflix? You’re at the right place. African movies are full of fun, comedy, drama, romance and anything that would leave you satisfied at the end of any movie.
Whether you’re looking for Nollywood movies, Ghanaian movies, South African movies or series to watch, you can find your taste in the list below.
Even though not enough as expected, we hope Netflix adds more original Netflix African movies to the streaming platform. And when they do, we’ll surely update you.
The first African Netflix original is a Nollywood film directed by movie star, Genevieve Nnaji. The movie received high applauds from the African movie community.
It is a heartwarming story of family bond and a woman determined to turn a dying business around.
Lionheart stars Nollywood veteran actors like Pete Edochie, Kanayo O Kanayo, Nkem Owoh, Onyeka Onwenu and Genevieve Nnaji herself.
2. The burial of Kojo
The Award winning Ghanaian Film “The Burial Of Kojo” written by Sam Blitz Bazawule is set to be released on Netflix 2019.
The Burial Of Kojo follows the story of Esi, as she recounts her childhood and the tumultuous relationship between her father, Kojo and her uncle, Kwabena.
After Kojo goes missing on an illegal mining expedition with Kwabena, Esi embarks on a magical adventure to rescue her father.
The movie stars Ama K. Abebrese, Joe Addo, Henry Adofo etc.
3. The boy who harnessed the wind
The boy who harnessed the wind is a movie which tells the true story of William Kamkwamba; the young Malawian genius who built a windmill entirely via DIY methods in the early 2000s, to save his family and village from drought and famine.
As I stated above, this movie is based on a true story and starring Maxwell Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aïssa Maïga etc.
The first South African Netflix Original series debuted on Netflix in March 2019. The series, which is called Shadow, follows the story of a superhero of the same name as he tries to save Johannesburg from its high crime rate.
Shadow is played by South African actor Pallance Dladla, and said to posses the same superpower as Luke Cage from Marvel’s Luke Cage. He doesn’t feel the pain.
He uses his special powers to save civilians from atrocities such as being stalked, cyberbullied, harassed and facing crimes the country’s flawed justice system can’t help them with.
Also starring are Khathu Ramabulana and Amanda du-Pont.
The season 1 of Shadow is eight episodes long.
5. Chief daddy
Chief Daddy, is the second Nigerian Movie to debut on Netflix. It was released and available for streaming on March 15, 2019.
The Nigerian movie tells the story of a Lagos-based billionaire, Chief Daddy, who suddenly dies at the dinner table. His death is followed by a scramble amongst family members, household staff and mistresses for his fortune.
But there’s a catch?-?his will declares that they must find a way to work together to arrange his funeral, or risk losing everything.
Chief Daddy features Kate henshaw-nuttal, Nkem owoh, Joke silva, Richard mofe damijo and Patience ozokwor.
6. Queen sono
In 2018, Netflix released the first photo for their South African comedy-drama series titled Queen Sono.
Queen Sono was said to be Netflix’s first South African original series co-created by comedian-director Kagiso Lediga and Tamsin Andersson.
But as at now, the movie is not yet available. So we can boldly say Shadow is Netflix’s first South African original series.
Queen Sono stars Pearl Thusi as a highly trained top spy in a South African agency whose purpose is to better the lives of African citizens.
7. The wedding party
With this, you can get all the comedy and drama that comes with a classic Nigerian wedding.
This movie is worth watching as you can expect the exes fighting parents and uninvited guests in an unending drama thriller.
The wedding party features Adesua Etomi along with Banky Wellington, Richard Mofe Damijo, Sola Sobowale and Iretiola Doyle.
8. The visit
The visit is another Nollywood movie to watch on Netflix if you’re feeling bored. It was released in 2015 starring Nse Ikpe-Etim, Femi Jacobs, Blossom Chukwujekwu.
It’s a movie about the lives of uptight, conservative Chidi and Eugenia are thrown into disarray when a loudmouthed, hard-partying new couple moves in next door.
When they come over for a visit, both couples realise that their marriages have secrets.
9. Couple of days
Couple of Days’ tells a really good story. It’ll remind you of Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?’ and the Best Man’s Holiday movie…that’s if you’ve watched any of those movies.
Couple of Days is a movie that goes to the heart of several issues affecting many homes today.
The story follows the life of three couples, each in different phases of romance, head to Ibadan for a fun and frisky holiday. But secrets soon spill, causing trouble in paradise.
The 2016 released film stars Adesua Etomi and popular African musician, Falz. It is available for streaming on Netflix.
The Nigerian movie released in 2015 revolves around four women at a pivotal point in their lives: navigating careers, love, and relationships against the backdrop of African traditions and cultural obligations.
Fifty stars Ireti Doyle, Dakore Akande, Omoni Oboli, Nse Ikpe-Etim etc.
The romantic drama film also features guest stars such as King Sunny Adé, Femi Kuti, Nneka, Tiwa Savage, Waje.
11. Road to Yesterday
If you love Genevieve Nnaji, and Majid Michel movies, then get your pop corn ready as these characters take you through the ‘Road to Yesterday’.
Road to Yesterday is a 2015 Nollywood movie on Netflix about a struggling couple trying to save their failing marriage by reconnecting on a road trip. But bringing long-repressed secrets to light threatens yet more discord.
The movie has a powerful story line and full of drama…a heartbreaking love story that’ll actually have you rooting for the survival of their marriage. It’s definitely worth watching.
12. When Love Happens
Another Nollywood romantic comedy movie on Netflix that’ll make glued to your seat. It’s a beautiful story about a young wedding planner who is fed up coordinating weddings for everyone else.
How would you feel if you were in her shoes?
As the clock is ticking on her own chance to get married, she turns to the internet to see if she can find her own Mr. Right.
13. When Love Comes Around
When Love Comes Around is a star studded Ghana-Nigeria collaboration, using a diverse cast from three African countries. The movie was written and produced by Ghanaian actress Zynnell Zuh and it was directed by Afe Olumowe.
It stars Jim Iyke (Nigeria), Eku Edewor (nigeria), Zynnell Zuh (Ghana),DJ Pierra Makena (Kenya), Micky Osei Berko(Ghana), Edward Kuffour (Ghana), Prince David Osei (Ghana) and a guest appearance by Confidence Haugen of Big Brother Africa Season 6.
It’s another romcom African movie about a woman who’s long put her guard up by dating men only for their money suddenly finds herself falling in love for real.
Falling is a film that put the love of a married woman for her husband to the test.
The film narrates the story of a young couple, Muna (Adesua Etomi) and Imoh (Kunle Rhemmy); Muna has to live with the effects of an accident that has left Imoh deeply unconscious for several months.
The 2015 Nigerian romantic drama film was written and produced by Uduak Isong Oguamanam, and directed by Niyi Akinmolayan.
It stars Desmond Elliot, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Adesua Etomi, Tamara Eteimo and Kofi Adjorlolo.
15. The Department
A former industrial saboteur is lured back by her corporate employer for one last job, but her husband disapproves and may need to take action.
Starring Majid Michel, Osas Ighodaro Ajibade and Desmond Elliot, The Department tells a story about Nnadi and Tolu who are in a relationship and work as criminals in a secret department in a large firm.
However, deciding to leave the job and settle down will prove a huge challenge for them.
16. Mummy Dearest
Mummy Dearest is a Nollywood movie which tells a story of a woman who has five kids who wants to keep constantly in touch with her kids and has difficulties in getting in touch with the youngest child who is her one and only son.
17. Out of luck
A young lottery operator and his girlfriend have their lives turned upside down when a gangster wants to be paid for a prize he did not win.
Out of Luck is a 2015 Nigerian drama thriller film which stars Tope Tedela, Linda Ejiofor, Femi Branch, Adesua Etomi, Sambasa Nzeribe, Wole Ojo with cameo appearances by Jide Kosoko and Chigul.
It was released on December 4, 2015 and now available on Netflix for streaming.
18. The Arbitration
In the high-pressure world of Nigerian technology, a workplace affair that led to an alleged rape leads to an emotionally-charged arbitration of the case.
This is one emotional African movie you need to watch on Netflix.
It tells a story about an Arbitration panel being constituted to find out the truth when the CEO of a company who has an affair with his employee is being sued and accused of raping her.
19. Gone Too Far
Gone Too Far! is a 2013 British Nigerian comedy-drama film about two estranged teenage brothers over the course of a single day as they meet for the first time, and struggle to accept each other for who they are.
A movie where being raised in different backgrounds and culture comes to play.
20. Lunch Time Heroes
Lunch Time Heroes is a 2015 Nigerian family comedy film about a teacher who feels she’s unwanted by her colleagues and ignored by her students attempts to gain acceptance by leading her class in a cooking competition.
21. Gbomo Gbomo Express
Gbomo Gbomo Express is a gritty, dark comedy feature film about money, love and deception centered on the kidnap and ransom of a record label executive, during a night of celebration with a beautiful socialite.
It was released in 2015 starring Ramsey Nouah and it’s available on Netflix for your viewing pleasure.
22. Head Gone
En route to a mental hospital, a bus driver loses a group of psychiatric patients. To cover his mistake, he replaces them with unsuspecting commuters who must now prove their sanity.
If you love African comedy, this is perhaps the right movie for you. Head Gone stars Akpororo, Zack Orji, Basketmouth and Tuface Idibia.
As you see from the cast above, this is a movie that’ll crack your ribs.